UFC Fight Night Winnipeg had an abundance of tight, intriguing matchups, a very good card in lead up to the final card of the year. It was like eating a really nice appetizer at a fantastic steakhouse prior to the main course. With some unexpected endings, along with some exciting finishes. This night of fights delivered some satisfactory results. Let us review.
Robbie Lawler vs Rafael Dos Anjos
Ricardo Lamas vs Josh Emmett
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs Mike Perry
Glover Teixeira vs Misha Cirkunov
Jared Cannonier vs Jan Blachowicz
Julian Marquez vs Darren Stewart
Chad Laprise vs Galore Bofando
– Laprise showed the difference between a Mixed Martial Artist and a great athlete that happens to fight
– Bofando has some the funniest, and funkiest striking ever, but somehow it works.
– Bofando has the worst ground game in the UFC. He was trying moves while being mounted that we haven’t seen since UFC 1
– Chad Laprise is 2-0 at welterweight, but still thinks he should be fighting at LW
Final Grade: B
Nordine Taleb vs Danny Roberts
– Hard to analyze when Taleb knocked Roberts out with the first strike that hit him
– Took Mike Perry over 14 minutes to knock out Danny Roberts, Taleb did it in under 1 minute.
– Nice to see a coach be blunt with a fighter. Henri Hooft told Danny Roberts to stop arguing with the referee because he was clearly knocked out
Final Grade: B+
John Makdessi vs Abel Trujillo
– Seemed like the year off helped Makdessi. He looked refreshed and in fantastic shape.
– Abel Trujillo was flat footed and has completely abandoned his wrestling. Seems like a fighter just cashing his checks.
– Makdessi came off looking bad after the fight for flipping out on Trujillo for not shaking his hand as long as Makdessi wanted
Final Grade: C
Alessio Di Chirico vs Oluwale Bamgbose
– Most expected Bangbose to come out throwing haymakers as soon as the fight started, but he was actually the complete opposite. Bamgbose ran most of the fight
– Di Chirico landed a beautiful knee to knock Bamgbose as soon as he got Bamgbose to engage with him.
– Bamgbose should be cut from the UFC.
Erick Silva vs Jordan Mein
– This was the matchup between two of the biggest busts in UFC history. Mein was simply less of a bust
– Mein has admitted to being burnt out of MMA because he has been fighting professionally for so long but when he is motivated, he is one of the technically best strikers in the division.
– Even with Jordan Mein having 42 career fights, he is still young enough to reach his goals.
– Sad about what has happened to Erick Silva. It wasn’t that long ago that many people predicted him to beat Jon Fitch when he was ranked in the top 5. Now he is easily losing on the Fight Pass Prelims opening fight.